Welcome to Nursing at StFX, where more than 80 years of outstanding education in health care has allowed the department to evolve into one of the most respected nursing programs in the entire country. In fact, graduates of the School of Nursing are known around the world for their caring, competency, and commitment to the field.
There has always been a high demand for nurses in Canada, and all over the world. There are many career options for graduates, including work in the public and private health care of seniors, with pediatric patients, in research, advisory, government, education and other areas.
The First Year
In the first year, students are introduced to the basic principles and theories of the Nursing profession through three introductory nursing courses. First year students also complete the following courses: Microbes in Human Biology, Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology, Introductory Chemistry, Introduction to Psychology, and Religion, Spirituality and Health. At the end of the regular academic year, students participate in an 80 hour clinical/academic session (intersession) where they are placed in a hospital setting working under the guidance of a Nursing instructor.
The StFX BScN program provides options including: Four year basic; 24 month Post Degree for students who have already completed a degree; Accelerated (not offered every year), and the part-time Post RN option. The program also offers a Co-operative non credit opportunity for third year students to work in Nova Scotia with a RN preceptor.
As a community in close proximity to major urban centers, StFX offers diverse clinical experiences in community health, mental health, acute care, maternal and child care, pediatrics, and international service learning opportunities. This diversity creates a dynamic learning environment that produces graduates who understand that patient care encompasses many perspectives in order to address the needs of patients, families and communities.